Bangladesh-Switzerland signs MoU to enhance skills-training capacity


Published on June 15, 2023
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Bangladesh and Switzerland on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance skills-training capacity and knowledge-sharing partnership.

The deal seeks to widen opportunities in Bangladesh to export skilled manpower, specifically from the medical and IT sectors, to Switzerland.

The signing ceremony was held at the bilateral meeting room in Palais des Nations after a meeting between Swiss Confederation President Alain Berset and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Permanent representatives of Switzerland and Bangladesh Jurg Lauber and Sufiur Rahman signed the MoU, titled Knowledge Partnership and Skill Enhancement, for their respective governments.

President Alain Berset and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina witnessed the signing ceremony.

Briefing reporters, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said the MoU will pave the way for skills development and knowledge-sharing partnership between the two countries.

According to Bangladesh foreign ministry officials, Switzerland has some specialized institutes, especially one in Zurich, which specializes in technology and innovation. This institute generally works with South Asian countries.

Bangladesh seeks to connect its new specialized institutes with this institute in Zurich for enhancing collaboration on research and innovation.

Focus has been given to skills development as Switzerland seeks to import skilled Bangladeshi manpower, especially from the medical and IT sectors.

Under the deal, Switzerland will provide initial skills-development training in Bangladesh so it can hire skilled manpower according to requirements.